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noun (plural same or pigfishes)

  • 1A deep-bodied scaleless fish with a protuberant snout, which lives in the cooler seas of the southern hemisphere.
    • Family Congiopodidae: several genera and species
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    • Huge abalone, crayfish, dogfish, beautiful seahorses, blue cod, southern pigfish and carpet sharks are just some of the inhabitants to look out for.
    • Inside, I find shoals of cardinalfish, then on the hull some nosy red pigfish and resting goatfish.
    • Young Pigfish are pinkish with thin stipes on the sides of the body and red lines on the head.
  • 2 [usually with modifier] Any of a number of other marine fishes, especially one that grunts:
    • a western Atlantic grunt (Orthopristis chrysoptera, family Pomadasyidae).Australian /NZ a wrasse or groper (genera Bodianus and Achoerodus, family Labridae). Compare with hogfish
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    • Like other members of the grunt family, a pigfish makes a grunting sound by rubbing the teeth in their throat together.
    • Pigfish are members of the grunt family (Haenulidae) which are noted for the rasping or grunting sounds they make in their throat when captured on a hook or otherwise disturbed.
    • Pigfish (Orthopristis chrysoptera) are in the grunt family and are another good bait for most bottom fish.

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